In the following blog posts in this series about the Chun Bu Kyung, I’d like to share my interpretation of the meaning of each phrase.
Il Shi Mu Shi
One begins unmoved moving, that has no beginning
Il (一) signifies one, or heaven, and Shi (始) means entering into principles. Together, Il Shi means entering into the principles or the nature of heaven.
What are these principles?
Shi also signifies that the One begins. Therefore, the one that the Chun Bu Kyung speaks of is the One from which everything in the universe arose and from which it is derived. It is where everything will ultimately return in a never ending cycle. The One is the ultimate reality that is has no beginning and no end. It’s what some people call the Source, the Creator, or God. Heaven, or the divine characteristics of creation, earth, or the material characteristics of creation, and human, or the energetic characteristics of creation, are united in the One.
Mu (無) is nothingness or a void. The universe can be said to be One (一), and it can be said to be the Beginning (始), and it can be said to be Nothingness (無). All creation lives rooted in emptiness. It is a full emptiness—full of limitless potential that has not yet materialized.
How do these basic principles apply to our lives?
Human beings have a part of us that is intimately linked with all of creation and the limitless potential that underlies it. This part has no beginning and no end. At some point, our material nature will return to the earth and our heavenly nature will rejoin the heavenly aspects of the universe.
Our minds have the ability to comprehend these principles and to consciously join the One even while we are alive. They also have the ability to tap into the limitless creative power that is a part of our nature, and to use that power with the mind and the heart of heaven, remembering that we are all connected and must live as a benefit to each other.
The Chun Bu Kyung also tells us that each and every moment is a new beginning where we can start again from nothing. Therefore, our lives are a blank canvas waiting for us to create whatever we imagine.